Over the years I have been approached by publishers and editors to write books or articles, mainly related to my specialist areas of young children’s behaviour, inclusion and special educational needs.

In connection to my PhD research I have also had articles published in academic journals.

My current writing project is a proposal for a book with the working title of “Including the Individual.” This will be one of a series of books related to Early Years. The series is being edited by Ann Langston and will be published by Open University Press.


Inclusion in the EYFS

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This book considers the impact on early years settings of two key pieces of government documentation: the revised EYFS, and the new Special Educational Needs Code of Practice, which presents a radical shake-up of the SEN system.

The book starts by considering this political and legislative context and what this means for early years provision before moving on to look at what this means from a more practical perspective in early years setting – for example what ‘enabling environments’ and the ‘prime areas of learning’ mean and look like in practice for babies and young children with SEN.

In addition the book will draw on parents’ and children’s perspectives to assist professionals in devising an individual and setting action plan for babies and young children with SEN.

Available from September 2014….

I am Two

Working Effectively with Two Year Olds and Their Families

I am two

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This new publication from Early Education explores:

  • How best to support practitioners to work with the parents of two year olds
  • Early childhood development and the impact of developmental delay
  • The role of early intervention Supporting practitioners working with two year olds in the areas of:-
    personal, social and emotional development; communication and language and physical development
  • Behaviour
  • Identifying developmental delay or emerging SEN or disability
  • The progress check at age two
  • Working with parents to support the learning and development of children in the home environment
  • Multi-disciplinary working
  • The role of health in early childhood.

This is a must have publication for all practitioners delivering the free entitlement for two year olds.

Understanding Behaviour in the Early Years

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This guide provides information, practical suggestions and ideas that enable practitioners to take a positive approach to young children’s learning about behaviour. Linked directly to the revised EYFS, it includes practical suggestions based on sound theory and effective practice. It highlights the importance of working in partnership with parents to understand and support children’s behavioural learning and aims to increase practitioners’ confidence in supporting children’s learning about behaviour. Includes chapters on:

  • Early intervention in the context of supporting behavioural learning
  • Theoretical perspectives on behavioural learning
  • Thinking about social learning
  • Thinking about emotional learning
  • Thinking about behavioural learning
  • Using observation and analysis to develop effective strategies

Identifying Special Needs in the Early Years

Identifying Special Needs in the Early Years

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With increasing expectations from parents and practitioners for inclusive early years settings, many practitioners are anxious about identifying and accommodating children’s individual needs as early as possible.

Through simple step-by-step instruction, this book will:

  • increase practitioners’ confidence in identifying individual needs
  • give practical advice on involving parents
  • provide clear links to existing guidance and legislation

This is a valuable guide for practitioners in all early years settings including Day Nurseries, Pre-schools, Children’s Centres, Nursery Schools and infant schools

Social Skills in the Early Years

Supporting Social and Behavioural Learning

Social Skills in the Early Years

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Do you need to help the young children in your care improve their social, emotional and behavioural skills? This user-friendly book offers strategies and sensible advice based on what is realistic and achievable in practice.

You will find guidance on:

  • social skills
  • language skills
  • self-esteem
  • education and care within the Ofsted Framework
  • implementing relevant government legislation (Birth to Three Matters, the Foundation Stage Curriculum, the revised SEN Code of Practice, the Disability Discrimination Act)
  • delivering training – with trainers – notes and photocopiable resources

Class teachers, nursery managers, playgroup workers, SENCOs, EYDCPs, early years students and every professional working with young children up to the age of 5 in an education and care context will find this book indispensable.

Better Behaviour in Classrooms

Better Behaviour in Classrooms

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This complete INSET course for schools shows teachers how to improve behaviour in the classroom. It provides support, guidance and information to facilitate the application of positive behaviour management approaches.

The authors have produced photocopiable resources and training materials for use with staff groups or individuals, and the materials have been developed for use with both established and newly qualified staff, appropriate to primary and secondary settings.

Drawing on their experience of dealing with children’s emotional and behavioural difficulties and their work in mainstream schools, the authors explore the behavioural issues that challenge teachers daily and discuss how teachers can meet these challenges.



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Learning how to behave well is a lifelong goal

Article in ‘Early Years Educator’

 (June 2005 p16)

Children’s behaviour is headline news and prime time television these days and we are constantly getting the message that difficult behaviour is starting earlier and much worse than it has ever been. Programmes such as Supernanny and Little Angels give a snap shot view of some of the difficulties of being a parent. They can however, leave us feeling that parents can be blamed for all the inappropriate behaviour children display. Working in childcare settings practitioners can feel overwhelmed and under-skilled in their attempts to deal with particular behaviours or children.

Key points from the article:

  • Adult behaviour affects the behaviour of the children
  • Children learn about behaviour in the same way as other areas of learning
  • Children learn about behaviour every minute they are with us
  • Learning about, and developing a positive relationship with the children we work with is the most effective behaviour management strategy
  • Our expectations of children’s behaviour must be appropriate developmentally and realistic in the context of our knowledge of the child
  • Routines should be reviewed to see if they support appropriate behaviour
  • Using specific “can do” statements along with clarity about what we are asking children to do leads to effective strategies